Lynn, if you could look into every medicine cabinet in every home in this country, you'd be astounded how many people are on medication for depression and/or anxiety. Apparently the stresses of 21st century living are just more than our brains were developed to handle.
Current belief is that depression is caused by having too little of a chemical called serotonin in your brain. Serotonin is produced by brain cells and is necessary for your brain to work correctly. Antidepressants work by increasing the serotonin level so your brain can work more normally. You have no more reason to be embarrassed or ashamed about
taking Paxil than a diabetic has to be embarrassed or ashamed about
Moderate to severe left-sided UC (21 cm) diagnosed 2001.
Avascular necrosis in both shoulders is my "forever" gift from steroid therapy.
Colazal, Remicade, Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri. In remission since April, 2006.
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